The new owners of the former Gospel Mission Hall in Barnoldswick are planning to use it as a mosque and have approached Pendle Council with their intentions.
In planning terms, no change of use would be needed for the building, and the covenant on the building limiting its use to a church or Gospel Mission would extend to other religions.
Coun. David Whipp is hoping to set up a meeting between the new owners and nearby residents to discuss any proposals for the use of the building.
Meanwhile, Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee has agreed to recommence enforcement action on the owners to improve the building’s appearance.
Enforcement action with the previous owners lapsed with the change of ownership.
Councillors resolved to request a plan of action from the new owners about the condition of the building, with a warning that enforcement action would resume if there wasn’t speedy progress on resolving the problems, and councillors agreed no progress has been made since.